India didn’t get its CDS in 1950s due to rift between Army chief & defence minister

Congress’ Jairam Ramesh says in his book a tussle between Defence Minister V.K. Krishna Menon & Army chief K.S. Thimayya in the 1950s prevented creation of CDS post.

India could have got its first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in the 1950s but a tussle between the then Defence Minister V.K. Krishna Menon and Army chief Gen. K.S. Thimayya along with the fear of a single military man becoming all-powerful prevented it, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh writes in his new book.

The creation of the post of CDS — which finally saw the light of the day on 30 December last year with Gen. Bipin Rawat assuming the four-star position — was something that Louis Mountbatten, India’s last Viceroy, had been pushing for with then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Menon, the book says.

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